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Niko Efstathiou

Niko Efstathiou is a journalist and author from Athens, Greece and the current Managing Editor at LiFO. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and obtained his Masters from Columbia University’s SIPA.

His reporting specializes on world news and focuses on the US, Turkey and the Middle East, as well as technology and innovation. He has reported from Istanbul during elections and Davos during the WEF, and has interviewed Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, and Amnesty Int’l SG Kumi Naidoo. He was previously a journalist for Kathimerini, and his work has appeared on NBC News, Worldcrunch, Ahval, Libération, and the International New York Times in Greece.

In 2022, he published his first book “Pyrros, by his first name” an intimate narrative biography of Pyrros Dimas, weighlifter and Greece’s most decorated Olympic athlete in direct collaboration with him.

Niko also worked as a Communications Officer for WHO’s Country Office in Greece in 2020-2021 at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and was previously selected as a 2016 Google News Lab Fellow partnering with WITNESS Media Lab and worked on new media and human rights monitoring through citizen journalism.

He was also the Head of Media and Technology at Synpraxis and lived in Istanbul as a Fox International Fellow researching Ottoman archives. He speaks fluent Greek, English and Spanish and is proficient in French and Turkish.


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